How to Create A Perfect Full Meal For Your Next Picnic


How to Create A Perfect Full Meal For Your Next Picnic

by Gosia Melton on January 21, 2022

Picnics are a great way to spend time with friends or family. They're also an excellent opportunity to show off your cooking skills. And while you might be tempted to bring store-bought sandwiches, chips, and sodas, these items might not be the most satisfying or filling choices. Instead of settling for easy food, make your picnic perfect by packing a delicious dish that will satisfy all of your picnic goers' hunger without breaking the bank. These tasty dishes are perfect for any alfresco dining experience!

Main Dish Ideas

Whether you're cooking for one or 10, there are plenty of dishes that will make your picnic perfect! The possibilities are endless - here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Hummus served with pita chips
  • Creamy macaroni salad
  • Taco dip served with tortilla chips
  • Steak Salad Burgers served with French fries
  • Cheeseboard with Salted Meats
  • Pulled pork sliders
  • Gourmet Sandwiches with Pickle on the side
  • Fruit Melody
  • Veggie Bowl with Ranch
  • Chicken Salad
  • Side Dishes

If you're packing a full meal, these side dishes are perfect for rounding out your picnic.

  • Coleslaw
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion chopped
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Grilled Zucchini and Squash with Olive Oil and Seasoning
  • Chips
  • Fries

Drinks and Desserts

The first and last course of a picnic are often drinks and desserts, so it's important to get them right. For drinks, pack ice for refreshing cold beverages like lemonade or iced tea. Sodas and bottled water should also be included. If you're bringing alcoholic beverages, pack plastic cups or wine glasses so that guests can serve themselves.
For dessert, make sure to bring your favorite sweets like chocolate cake or cupcakes. Brownies and Ants-on-log ( A Must ) are also good options as they store well and travel well. You should also pack other sweet treats like honeycomb cereal or candy for those with bigger appetites (or those who want to indulge). If you're not sure what desserts to bring, whip up some fresh fruit salad with yogurt as an alternative!